The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A. D. to the Third / Edition 1

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Baltimore and London 1988 Softcover 272 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. ROMAN EMPIRE. The author argues that in the realm of strategy there are instructive similarities ... between that time and the present. As he writes, "For the Romans, as for ourselves, the two essential requirements of an evolving civilization were a sound material base and adequate security." Includes an Index. "Luttwak has done scholarship an immense service...Every page brings detailed insights into the working of Roman military organization, in strategy and tactics."--E. Badian, New York Review of Books "Lucidly and vigorously written."-Times Literary Supplement (Key Words: Roman Empire, Edward N. Luttwak, Strategy, Military History, Trajan, Syria, Roman Army, Parthia, Hadrian, Marcus Aurekius, Cappadocia, Danube River, Cavalry). Read more Show Less

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'A fascinating book, well written and forcefully argued...Luttwak's formulations are as refreshing as they are convincing...He+ has done for Roman historians what they have not done for themselves.' --Z. Yavetz, New Republic
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New York Review of Books - E. Badian

Luttwak has done scholarship an immense service... Every page brings detailed insights into the working of Roman military organization, in strategy and tactics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801821585
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1979
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1
1 The Julio-Claudian System. Client States and Mobile Armies from Augustus to Nero 7
The System in Outline 13
The Client States 20
The Management of the Clients 30
The Tactical Organization of the Army 40
The Strategic Deployment of Forces 46
Conclusion 49
2 From the Flavians to the Severi. "Scientific" Frontiers and Preclusive Defense from Vespasian to Marcus Aurelius 51
The System in Outline 55
Border Defense: The Tactical Dimension 61
Border Defense: The Strategic Dimension 80
The Decline of the Client System 111
The Army 117
Conclusion 126
3 Defense-In-Depth. The Great Crisis of the Third Century and the New Strategies 127
The System in Outline 130
The Changing Threat 145
The New Borders of the Empire 154
Walled Towns and Hard-point Defenses 159
Border Troops 170
Provincial Forces 173
Central Field Armies 182
Conclusion 188
Epilogue. The Three Systems: An Evaluation 191
Appendix. Power and Force: Definitions and Implications 195
Notes 201
List of Works Cited 233
Index 247
Maps
1.1 The Empire in A.D. 23 10
1.2 The East under the Julio-Claudians 28
1.3 The German Problem, A.D. 6-16 34
2.1 The Frontiers in the Second Century 58
2.2 Strategic Mobility in the Roman Empire 82
2.3 The Wall Frontiers of Roman Britain 90
2.4 The Advancing Frontier in Germany 94
2.5 The Second-Century Frontiers in Europe 98
2.6 The Dacian Conquest 102
2.7 The Strategic Importance of Armenia 106
2.8 The Parthian Empire and the Roman East 109
3.1 The Great Crisis of the Third Century 148
3.2 The Frontiers of the Tetrarchy and the New Provinces 156
3.3 The Defense-in-Depth of the German Frontier 162
3.4 Defense-in-Depth: Augusta Libanensis (Only Attested Units Shown) 180
Figures
1.1 Roman Unit Establishments in the First and Second Centuries A.D. 14
1.2 Two Models of Empire 22
2.1 Models of Frontier Organization I 62
2.2 Models of Frontier Organization II 64
2.3 Hadrian's Wall: The Barrier Elements 70
2.4 The Tactics of Forward Defense 76
3.1 Operational Methods of Border Defense: Elastic Defense 138
3.2 Operational Methods of Border Defense: Defense-in-Depth 140
3.3 Operational Methods of Border Defense: Forward Defense 142
3.4 The Changing Pattern of Roman Fortification 164
Tables
2.1 Legionary Deployments, A.D. 23 to A.D. 192 85
2.2 Auxiliary Troops in Lower Germany 87
3.1 Distribution of Troops: Frontiers and Field Armies in the East and West 189
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